Characters: Marvel Cinematic Universe
This page lists characters that appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
films, including Marvel One-Shots
and The Avengers
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A mysterious race of cyborg aliens in the employment of Loki and the Other. They invade Earth in The Avengers
"We look beyond the Earth to greater worlds the Tesseract will unveil."
Portrayed By: Alexis Denisof
An alien who acts as the liaison between the master of the Chitauri and Loki.
- Back for the Dead: Appears in Guardians of the Galaxy in a couple of scenes, acting as a middleman between Ronan and Thanos. When Ronan goes to see Thanos in person, he grows annoyed with the Other constantly arguing with him, and kills him.
- Black Cloak: He wears a black robe that covers the top half of his face.
- Canon Foreigner: Created for Marvel Cinematic Universe. However...
- The Dragon: Appears at first to be working for Loki, but is quickly revealed to be the intermediary for the even more powerful Thanos. After his untimely death, it appears the Titan's adopted daughter Nebula will take his place instead.
- Easily Conquered World: Believed Earth would be one of these, and that the entire Earth would surrender the minute the Chitauri landed.
- Expy: Of Emperor Palpatine, a nasty-looking, cloaked and evil benefactor of someone else, who often speaks in a hammy, raspy voice. Though it turns out he's The Dragon to the MCU's true counterpart to Palpatine, Thanos.
- Famous Last Words: "Lower your tone! Here you won't bring in your-*Neck Snap*!"
- Flanderization: In The Avengers The Other was much more subdued compared to his mostly shrieking role in Guardians of the Galaxy. His constant harping about respecting Thanos gets him killed by Ronan.
- Humanoid Aliens: He has the same general shape as a human (and of course is played by a human actor), but the details are very different. For starters, he has two thumbs on each hand. It's not really clear if he's of the same race as the Chitauri.
- In the Hood: His hood helps to further obscure his face. You get to see his surprised eye when Ronan kills him.
- Malevolent Masked Man: A servant of Thanos who hides half of his face.
- Mouth of Sauron: Serves as the mouthpiece for his master.
- Nightmare Face: Though we only see some of it.
- Neck Snap: Ronan kills the Other using a blast of force from his hammer, not only breaking his spine but twisting his head nearly 180°.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Something of a given for anyone who willingly serves Thanos.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In Guardians of the Galaxy, he only appears briefly before Ronan kills him.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: From the start of The Avengers, he shows annoyance over working with Loki. Though, it was ultimately up to Thanos to make that decision. In Guardians of the Galaxy, he also doesn't like working with Ronan the Accuser much either, chastising him for talking to Thanos without the proper respect. This provokes Ronan into killing him.
- Undying Loyalty: To his master.
- The Worf Effect: James Gunn acknowledges doing this with him on the commentary for Guardians, saying seeing the guy who Loki was submissive towards killed so easily was meant to drive home how dangerous Ronan was.
A pioneer of the comic industry, and the creator or co-creator of most of the characters so far featured in not only the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also the X-Men
and other non-Disney film and franchises. Much like Alfred Hitchcock, it has become a tradition for Stan Lee to make cameo appearances in most movies or TV series based on Marvel Comics, MCU and otherwise.
- A Lady on Each Arm: Appears with them in Iron Man and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- As Himself: Except perhaps in Iron Man and Iron Man 2, where he may or may not have been Hugh Hefner and Larry King. Definitely not himself in Captain America: The First Avenger, since he would been about 60 years younger at that point in time. Also not himself in Guardians of the Galaxy unless he's mastered interstellar space travel.
- Badass Mustache: Present in every single one of his appearances.
- Butt Monkey: Mistakes a Senator's aide for Captain America, Tony Stark can never get his name right, gets sick from a gamma radiation laced soft drink, has the back of his truck ripped off, and misses all of The Avengers' action in New York. By Thor: The Dark World, he's in an asylum. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he's a Smithsonian guard who's going to lose his job after Steve breaks in and takes his WWII uniform to wear in the climax of the film. In a deleted cut of Guardians of the Galaxy, he somehow ends up becoming one of The Collector's collection.
- Creator Cameo: With the exception of his appearance in Captain America. He did not create that character but was responsible for bringing him into the Silver Age, as well as creating Cap's now-iconic shield throwing. He also appears in Guardians of the Galaxy despite only having a hand in creating Groot. Even then, Stan's original characterization of Groot was incredibly different from what is seen in the modern comics and the film.
- Cool Old Guy: Some are less cool than others; A Lady on Each Arm at a party? Cool. Drinking soda tainted by Hulk blood and collapsing? Not cool.
- Cool Shades: They add to his Cool Old Guy.
- Dirty Old Man: In Iron Man 3, when he gave a Christmas beauty pageant competitor in a skimpy bikini a perfect ten, and is hitting on a much younger woman in Guardians of the Galaxy, with Rocket calling him a "Class-A prevert" and wondering where his wife is.
- The Ditz: In his appearances from Thor onward he's not bright.
- Flat Earth Atheist: In The Avengers: "Superheroes? In New York?"
- General Failure: In Captain America: The First Avenger: "I thought he'd be taller."
- Human Alien: The Stan Lee lookalike seen in Guardians of the Galaxy is Xandarian.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: From 1940s to post 2000, he's even seen on another planet.
- The Pornomancer: When he appeared in Iron Man, where he was mistaken for Hugh Hefner.
- Shipper on Deck: In a deleted scene for The Avengers, after hearing Steve Roger's exchange with a waitress he tells him, "Ask for her number, you moron."
- Weirdness Magnet: If a superhero is in the area, so will he.
Spoiler Character (Marvel One Shots)
Portrayed By: N/A
The Mandarin is the mysterious leader of the Ten Rings terrorist organization that menaced Tony Stark in Iron Man
. Though Aldrich Killian's scheme to use the Mandarin's image in Iron Man 3
made it seem that he was a mere fabrication, the Marvel short All Hail the King
reveals that he is indeed real. Jackson Norris claims he was ordered by the Mandarin to break Trevor Slattery, the fake Mandarin, out of prison, evidently so the Diabolical Mastermind
can punish his impostor personally.
- Bigger Bad: He's behind the Ten Rings, but hasn't yet stepped into the spotlight with any evil plans.
- The Ghost: So far, he's only been referenced by name in Iron Man 3 and All Hail the King, without appearing personally.
- Meaningful Name: The word "Mandarin" comes from an ancient Chinese name for an "advisor to the King". Indeed, he's said to have advised powerful figures throughout human history.
- Really 700 Years Old: Apparently, he's been around since before the Middle Ages. Though he could just be a Legacy Character, like some other versions.
- Walking Spoiler: Revealing his existence gives away The Reveal from Iron Man 3 that the Mandarin appearing in that film is nothing but a Red Herring for Aldrich Killian, not to mention that Killian was lying about being the Mandarin all along.
- Warrior Prince: He's described as a warrior king who's "inspired generations of men".
- We Wait: Jackson Norris notes that his organization has been dormant for some time.